I am back from the Vth Polish Genetics Congress in Lodz. Great thanks to Prof. Michał Witt for organizing a session on the genetics (and other aspects) of ciliopathies and for inviting me to give a talk. It was a very interesting session and gave me a fresh appreciation of the significance of cilia for human disease. Last, but not least, the congress get-together party at the famous Wytwórnia Club was fabulous – the DJ was the inimitable Marek Sierocki!
We’ve just returned from the beautiful city of Wrocław, where Łukasz, Mostafa, and myself participated in the Bio2016 joint conference of the Polish Biochemical Society and Polish Society of Cell Science. We saw a bunch of exciting talks, met many old friends and made plenty of new acquaintances. It was a fun time, and the weather was splendid despite it being mid-September.
Great news for the lab. Łukasz Markiewicz, who applied for a FUGA postdoctoral fellowship to work on Gli proteins, got the award and will be joining us this fall. Congratulations and welcome! Łukasz is sure to become a very valuable addition to our growing team.
For the last week we have hosted two extremely talented high school students in our lab as part of the “Fundacja na Rzecz Dzieci” summer program. Zuza has been showing them the ropes of western blotting, molecular cloning, and immunofluorescence microscopy. They tell me that they’ve had a lot of fun and I am not surprised – biology is facinating and Zuza is a wonderful mentor. Looking forward to my talk tomorrow – introduction to cell signaling for all our high school interns at CeNT.
We went to see the talk by the celebrated Rudolf Jaenish (of transgenic mice fame) at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków. The talk was fascinating, and touched upon iPS cells in medicine, epigenetic reprogramming, and imprinting. We then took some time afterwards to visit some sights in Kraków. It was a fun trip and a nice way to get out of the daily grind.
We have just had a new person join the lab. Mostafa has come to us from Cairo, Egypt, and will do an internship in the lab to develop his biomedical research skills. He has only been here a week and is already up and running with the experiments, getting nice results and contributing to our research program. Welcome, Mostafa!
The lab opening today was great fun! Thanks everyone for coming and thank you Zuza and Monika for helping me organize everything.
We are pretty excited to invite everyone to the lab opening ceremony on October 8 at 3 pm. There will be refreshments (yes, that means free pizza!) and some good ol’ bubbly to keep the conversation flowing. Zuza has promised to bake a mystery cake, which some sources claim will look like a hedgehog. Even though Zuza has already started doing some preliminary experiments, we are only just celebrating lab opening because Monika the postdoc has now arrived from faraway Switzerland to join our efforts to decipher the Hedgehog pathway and have fun in the process. Don’t feel pressured to be on time. We will have some preliminaries around 3 so if you can make it – great, but we will hopefully keep having fun throughout the afternoon, so if you are stuck in the dark room developing these Westerns, don’t stress out – we will have a fresh bottle of champagne waiting for you at 4˚C. The contact info is here. Hope to see you all on Thursday!
We have just returned from Krynica Morska, where the newly formed Niewiadomski lab joined the illustrious Proszynski lab from the Nencki institute on a joint retreat. We’ve had a lot of fun together and almost managed to not talk about science for three days straight. Two songs have been selected as the retreat’s anthems: “Move Bi#$h” by Ludacris and “Senor Loco” by Elena.